Two paramount rulers in Konshisha Local Government Area, the Vice Chairman of the Council and the Councilor representing Mbagusa/Mbatsev Council Ward the place 12 troopers have been killed on Easter Sunday have been handed over to the Police for investigation.
This came as the Benue state government in collaboration with stakeholders in the LGA have additionally recovered eight of the 12 riffles confiscated from the slain soldiers.
Governor Samuel Ortom who made this known Monday after presiding over an improved State Security Council assembly in Makurdi which had stakeholders of the LGA in attendance commended them for assisting the government to realize the promise he made to the army high command and the federal government that everything would be carried out to get back the confiscated weapons.
He stated “in line with the promise I made to the army and the Defence Minister we have so far recovered eight of the 12 rifles which include a machine gun that was once removed from a van. This has brought the recovered weapons to 9 since the military had in the past recovered one.
“The method of recovering the remaining three is in progress and we will make certain that all the weapons are recovered and back to the army.”
The Governor stated those handed over to the police for further investigation were the District Head of Iuuar Nyam, Chief Unaha Koko, the performing Kindred head of Mbator, Chief Emmanuel Achirgbenda, the Vice Chairman of Konshisha LGA Mr. Sam Kave, and the Councilor representing Mbagusa/Mbatsev Council Ward, Mr. Mela Yange.
“We consider that these 4 individuals will aid the police in the investigation of the matter,” he said.
According to the Governor, the Security Council additionally mandated him to lead a delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari to condole him over the demise of the soldiers and additionally express regret for the unfortunate incident.
Meanwhile the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA has carried out an evaluation of the destruction and damages caused through the crisis in the LGA.
The Executive Secretary, Benue State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Emmanuel Shior who visited the affected areas on Sunday explained that Governor Ortom directed him to go to the areas and examine the victims for instant intervention by offering comfort to cushion their plight.
While interacting with the traditional rulers, community leaders, and the victims, Dr. Shior who condemned the assaults on the neighborhood by the army and as well as the assault on the military by the militia stated the Governor was doing everything possible to deliver peace between the feuding communities of Konshisha and Oju.
Addressing some of the victims at the Gungul Market Square, Dr. Shior called on the Federal Government, relevant corporations, and Non-Governmental Organizations to quickly come to the aid of the victims of the crisis.
Youths and traditional rulers in the community whilst welcoming the crew expressed disappointment over the incident in the LGA and lauded Governor Ortom for his peace efforts.
The areas affected and assessed by the SEMA group were Gungul, Agidi, Aku, Adoka, Bonta, Gbinde, Tse-Anyon, and Guleya Communities.